Cranesbill tea has been recognized for centuries as possessing potent astringent and hemostatic properties. The native American Indians used cranesbill to fight ailments like diarrhea and to heal open wounds. It has since been used by the settlers as a popular home remedy.
Cranesbill is a perennial herb commonly found in the temperate regions of the world and in mountains in tropical countries. Known by its official name of geranium maculatum, the cranesbill got its name from its fruit that has a resemblance to the bills of the crane. The cranesbill can grow up to 2 feet tall. It possesses hairy stems and have pink to purple flowers that bloom between the months of April and June.
The health benefit of cranesbill is largely contributed by tannins. The tannins cause proteins in the linings of the body to cross-link and hence prevent infection and leakages. Other constituents include resins, starch and calcium oxalate.
To make cranesbill tea, place about 2 teaspoons of the cranesbill rhizomes or roots in a cup of water, then bring it to a boil. Let the mix simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Consume the tea thrice a day until the ailment goes away.
The following are some health benefits attributed to the tea:
- May help alleviate irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids.
- May help treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
- May help in treatment of diarrhea.
- May help fight sore throat.
- May help fight gingivitis.
- May help treat ulcers.
- May help heal wounds.
- May help relieve discomfort from cyclic breast pain.